Thanks MOM!

SAILOR & ALEXA on fol­low­ing in their mother’s foot­steps and why CHRISTIE BRINKLEY is the best mom ever

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Christie Brink­ley has spent a life­time in the spot­light as a su­per­model, ac­tress, Broad­way star, busi­ness­woman, well­ness guru, en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist and more.

Un­til re­cently, her fa­vorite role—mom of three—hap­pened mostly off-cam­era. Now youngest child Sailor Brink­ley Cook, 19 (whose fa­ther is ar­chi­tect Peter Cook), is fol­low­ing in her mom’s mod­el­ing foot­steps. And Alexa Ray Joel, 32 (whose dad is mu­si­cian Billy Joel), is a singer-song­writer. In 2017, all three posed for Sports Il­lus­trated ’s Swim­suit Is­sue—“a full­cir­cle mo­ment,” says Christie, 64, who ap­peared eight times in SI be­tween 1975 and 2004.

So, what’s it like when your ba­bies grow up and en­ter your work world? “Re­ally fun!” says Christie. “I’m so proud when I get nice feed­back about them from oth­ers in the in­dus­try.”

Here, Christie and her girls—and other moms and daugh­ters who share a ca­reer or pas­sion—talk about lessons learned.

What Mom taught us

“She’s taught me to look for the beauty in where I am and around me,” says Sailor. “That has helped me with op­ti­mism and hap­pi­ness, es­pe­cially liv­ing in New York City, which can sort of drain you and make you so cyn­i­cal.”

The best ad­vice her mom gave her, says Alexa, who an­nounced her en­gage­ment to res­tau­ra­teur Ryan Glea­son on New Year’s Day and is at work on a new al­bum, is “to bloom where you’re planted, which is not al­ways easy to do. I’m not nat­u­rally as cheery or out­go­ing as her. I’m more of a wor­rier, but her grat­i­tude and en­ergy are re­ally in­fec­tious. I didn’t get the end­less En­er­gizer Bunny gene, but when I’m around her, it’s con­ta­gious. She’s just like this golden, gleam­ing beam of sun­shine.”

What Christie learned

“You learn so much from each child, just get­ting an op­por­tu­nity to see the world through their eyes,” Christie says. “I have three real in­di­vid­u­als [son Jack is 22]. They all find magic in dif­fer­ent places, and I feel so for­tu­nate to be able to ex­pe­ri­ence that.”

Fa­vorite mo­ments

“Most peo­ple don’t know this, but my par­ents are huge Dis­ney and mu­si­cal the­ater fans,” says Alexa. “My mom would help me dress up like Whit­ney Hous­ton, or Princess Jas­mine from

Aladdin, and do my hair and makeup, and my dad would play the mu­sic.”

She laughs: “I didn’t know they were fa­mous un­til I was 8. I thought I was the star!”

Mom-led games of in­spect­ing rocks and clouds (putting “a cre­ative spin on ev­ery­day life”) gave Sailor a hy­per­aware­ness she brings to work to­day, she says. “My mom and I are both very in­ter­ested in the other side of the cam­era, not just show­ing up for the job but ask­ing ques­tions and hear­ing sto­ries.”

Cel­e­brat­ing Mom’s Day

“Of course, I bring her flow­ers—that’s the min­i­mum,” says Alexa. “We try to all be to­gether, which is

get­ting harder,” says Sailor. Sen­ti­men­tal Christie’s fa­vorite hol­i­day tra­di­tion: kid-made po­ems, cards and art­work (which is framed all over her homes in Bridge­hamp­ton, N.Y., and Man­hat­tan). “Alexa is al­ways open and mushy. But Sailor is kind of a badass with a softie heart, so she’s most likely to sur­prise me with a sweet let­ter,” Christie says. “With all of them, Jack too, there’s al­ways a point where I can’t read it out loud be­cause I burst into tears.”

Christie lost her own mother in 2012. She died of a bro­ken heart, she says, just weeks af­ter Christie’s dad died. “Ev­ery­thing I do right as a mom, I learned from my mom.”

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